Conor McGregor’s boxing venture against Floyd Mayweather seems to be drawing closer to happening.
At least, that’s according to UFC president Dana White. That much was made clear on Wednesday night after the NBA on TNT telecast of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Long-time UFC enthusiast Shaquille O’Neal asked White during the TNT post-game show if McGregor and Mayweather is happening, or if it’s a myth.
“McGregor’s side is done, I’m starting to work on the Mayweather side now,” White said, “I got one side done, now it’s time to work on the other. If we can come to a deal with [Al] Haymon and Mayweather, the fight’s going to happen.”
Clearing up if it would it would be contested under MMA rules or those of boxing, White clarified for the casual fans at home.
“It’s going to be straight up boxing.”
“It is an honor to sign this record breaking deal alongside my partners Zuffa LLC, The Ultimate Fighting Championship and Paradigm Sports Management,” McGregor stated.
“The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days.”
McGregor became the first UFC simultaneous two-division champion when he defeated Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November. He has since been forced to cede his featherweight title, which he won against Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in 2015, yet remains the 155-pound champion in the promotion.